New this year, the Museum will be offering studio courses in drawing, digital photography, and book arts. Studio courses will be held in the Museum galleries and the Museum's Education Resource Center.
The four-week courses are free for U.Va. student members and available to general Museum members for $180. To register email the Museum's Education Department or call 434.243.2050.
Instructed by Stacey Evans
Thursdays, October 2 - 23, 1-4 pm
Mondays, March 16 - April 6, 1-4 pm
Learn how to create powerful images through different utilizations of light, perspective, and composition. This course will improve students' photographic skills by encouraging discovery of personal style. Students will learn how to navigate the camera beyond automatic mode, focusing on the best aperture and shutter speed for specific situations, and will explore different software programs, web sharing programs, and printing options to best suit the expectations of the individual. Students are asked to photograph a subject of their choice creating a 3-5 image series. Peers and instructor will provide feedback in a critique to help achieve a successful sequence of images. Maximum class size is 12 students.
Students must bring digital cameras. Camera manuals are recommended. Printing is required using personal printer or campus/commercial labs at the student's own cost.
Stacey Evans has a BFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and operates her own freelance photography, art, and consulting business. She exhibits her art in regional galleries, and her editorial work is regularly seen in national publications. Evans operates her own freelance studio and consults on photographic processes.
Introduction to Bookbinding
Instructed by Lindsey Mears
Thursdays, October 2 - 23, 5-8 pm
Thursdays, March 19 - April 9, 5-8 pm
A crash course in hand bookbinding! Participants will become familiar with many tools and techniques of the craft and several binding styles. Students will make their own decorative paste papers and bookcloth, and use them to create traditional and innovative book structures, including folded structures, case binding, Coptic binding, the flag book, and an archival keepsake book. Maximum class size is 10 students.
Students will be provided with all book arts materials for in-class use. Out-of-class materials are the responsibility of the student.
Lindsey Mears is a studio artist in Charlottesville. She earned her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2004. Her one-of-a-kind and limited edition artists' books have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Drawing in the Museum:
Focus on Form
Instructed by Fenella Belle
Wednesdays, October 1 - 22, 1-4 pm
Wednesdays, March 18 - April 8, 1-4 pm
This course will address the representation of basic forms and the illusion of space achieved through the creation of a wide range of values. Students will study artworks in the Museum and create drawings related to what they learn, and will also have the opportunity to explore a variety of dry and wet media. Maximum class size is 15 students.
Students will be provided with all drawing materials for in-class use. Out-of-class materials are the responsibility of the student.
Fenella Belle received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. She currently teaches in the art department at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Her background includes teaching adults and children, exhibit design, fabric printing, and installation art.